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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

November 11, 2020
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Survey: Vast Majority Of Officers Dissatisfied With Chief, Leadership Over Police Protests, Civil Unrest
A union survey of Los Angeles Police Department officers has found widespread dissatisfaction with Chief Michel Moore and other officials in response to police protests earlier this year. The survey – published in this week’s edition of the Los Angeles Police Protective League’s newsletter Thin Blue Line – found that more than 86% of officers do not “feel supported” by Moore. Roughly 90% of officers surveyed also expressed discontentment with LAPD command staff during the protests, and a majority stated they believed command staff who kneeled with Black Lives Matter protesters were “weak/cowardly.”

LAPD's ‘SVU' That Investigates Complicated Sex Crimes Shuttered In Initial Budget Cuts
The LAPD said it will attempt to keep detectives and officers with unique skills working within their areas of expertise as the department reorganizes in response to current and anticipated budget cuts, though some officials said they worried about a loss of knowledge in handling certain delicate or complex cases. One such group, the sexual assault unit at the Robbery Homicide Division, will be dissolved under initial reorganization plans, with its dozen detectives and one lieutenant reassigned. The unit was responsible for the investigations into former USC physician George Tyndall, movie producer Harvey Weinstein, and the adult film performer known as Ron Jeremy. “The sexual assault unit, this is one of the cutbacks that we're doing within the realignment, those specialized detectives will be moved out to the geographic bureaus,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore told NBC4’s I-Team. The proposed reorganization, which is still being contemplated, also calls for a number of other specialized groups, such as Air Support, Metropolitan Division, Gangs and Narcotics, and Commercial Crimes, to shrink by dozens of positions, while other groups focused on specific types of investigations may disappear completely, such as the 3-person “Animal Cruelty Task Force.”

Man In His 50s Shot, Killed In South LA
A man in his 50s was shot and killed in South Los Angeles Tuesday night. The LAPD received a call around 7:15 p.m. saying a shooting had occurred near 59th and Denver Avenue, just west of the 110 Freeway. The victim was declared dead at the scene. Evidence photos and evidence markers could be seen in the street where police were investigating. According to police, the suspect or suspects fled in a vehicle. It was not immediately clear what led up to the shooting or if it was gang-related.

2 Hurt In Shooting On I-110 In South Los Angeles Area
Two people are being taken to the hospital after a shooting on I-110 in the South Los Angeles area Tuesday afternoon. The Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call a little before 3 p.m. on I-110 just north of Manchester Square. Upon arrival, LAPD found two people with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle. The cause of the shooting is under investigation. LAPD was told the suspect vehicle is a white Nissan Maxima with four Black males inside.

LAPD Will Get $600K To Refurbish Fallen Officer Memorial, Which Is Rusting And Falling Apart
The LAPD is getting $600,000 to refurbish its memorial to officers who have been killed on the job, a rectangular wall of metal plates that is rusting and falling apart just a decade after it was installed. The 12-foot high, 32-foot long wall bearing the names of 215 officers who died in the line of duty over more than a century is located in an outdoor raised area at the department’s downtown headquarters. The wall was dedicated in 2009, around the same time that the new headquarters first opened after the city tore down LAPD’s previous facility, Parker Center. The fallen officer memorial at the old headquarters was taken down during that process. In a letter to the Los Angeles Police Commission, Chief Michel Moore said the metal plates are showing signs of rusting and in danger of breaking loose. The department wrapped the wall in a plastic covering to prevent any more damage. On Tuesday, Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala told Los Angeles police commissioners that discussion about repairing the memorial began after a donor came forward to the Los Angeles Police Foundation, a non-profit that directs donations to LAPD to fulfill requests for equipment, training grants, vehicles, food and other items.

LAPD Chief Gives More Details On Wild Police Foot Chase, Shooting Inside Granada Hills Ralphs
A Los Angeles police officer injured during an incident involving a gun-toting man dancing on top of the refrigerated foods aisle in a Granada Hills grocery store may have cut his forearm when he fell into a glass display case, the city’s police chief said Tuesday. Chief Michel Moore said the officer fell into the display case as the suspect ran past him during the wild standoff and brief gun battle inside the Ralphs store at 16940 Devonshire Street on Sunday, Nov. 1. The officer was taken to a hospital afterward and released after a few hours. “I’m thankful he was actually released that night, and I’ve spoken with him since then,” Moore said. The chief said investigators are still trying to determine if the officer’s injury was a graze wound from a bullet the suspect fired or a cut from the shattered display case. 

Police, Family Seek Help In Solving Shooting That Left 2 Teens Dead In Willowbrook
Family members and police on Tuesday asked for the public’s help to locate whoever is responsible for killing two teenagers found shot to death in the unincorporated Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles last month. The attack happened about 11 p.m. on Oct. 15 around the 12200 block of Maple Avenue in the Willowbrook neighborhood of South L.A., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said. Jamele Hill, 17, was driving with his 16-year-old cousin Millyon Colquitt in the passenger seat and three other friends in the back seat that evening. They were on their way to meet up with a girl when someone started firing shots at them, police said. Hill drove about a half block before crashing into a parked car near the intersection of 124th Street and Maple Avenue. Hill and Colquitt each had multiple gunshot wounds on their torsos when they were discovered inside the crashed car, officials said. 

Man Run Over And Killed In Compton Identified
A man beaten and run over following a crash and an argument in Compton was publicly identified Tuesday by the coroner’s office as a 67-year-old Compton resident. The attack was reported about 5:40 a.m. Sunday in the 19000 block of South Laurel Park Road, near Alameda Street. Gregory James Herro was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau reported. Deputies dispatched to the scene found Herro on the ground outside his vehicle suffering from multiple injuries. Homicide detectives said Herro and the suspect were involved in a traffic crash. “After the collision, they both exited their vehicles and started arguing. The argument led to a physical altercation,” according to a sheriff’s department statement. “After the suspect beat the victim, he got into the victim’s vehicle and ran over him repeatedly.” The suspect fled the scene on foot because his vehicle was disabled. Responding deputies detained him nearby. His name was not released.

Reward Offered After Father Of Ex-NBA Player Gunned Down In 2018 In Compton
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a $10,000 reward for information leading to the gunman who killed a 65-year-old Inglewood man -- the father of a former NBA player Richard Jefferson -- in Compton in 2018. Ridley-Thomas recommended the reward in the shooting of Richard Allen Jefferson, who was fatally shot while standing on a sidewalk in the 600 block of West Peach Street near the corner of North Paulsen Avenue at about 6:35 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2018. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said a dark-colored vehicle with several men inside drove southbound on Paulsen and fired numerous shots at Jefferson. Ridley-Thomas said investigators believe Jefferson was targeted by a gang solely because of his race and where he was standing at the time. The victim was the father of Richard Jefferson, who played for several teams over a 17-year NBA career and won a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

Public Safety News

Man Found Dead After Fire Destroys Eagle Rock Home
A man was found dead in a 111-year-old Eagle Rock home the morning after it had been destroyed in a fire, officials said Tuesday. The victim was found “within the structure” about 9:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The incident remains under investigation and the victim’s cause of death and identity will be determined by Los Angeles County coroner’s officials. The blaze was reported about 5:45 p.m. Monday at the 1,824 square-foot ascending hillside home near 1104 W. Oak Grove Drive. More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze for about 2 hours, but the house largely collapsed during the intense firefight, officials said.

L.A. County Reports 2,318 More Coronavirus Cases, 25 Additional Deaths
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned residents Tuesday that the next two weeks will be crucial in determining whether the current surge in coronavirus cases will be temporary or push into the holiday season. There were 25 more deaths and 2,318 additional coronavirus cases recorded Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The surge in cases means that Los Angeles is one of 11 counties in California that have fallen backward in reopening plans. Five of the six indicators — including seven-day positivity rate, hospitalizations and acute care bed capacity — that health officials track for reopening plans are headed in the wrong direction, Garcetti said. Hospitalizations have also increased to almost 900, with 28% of those patients being treated in the intensive care unit, according to county public health officials. For the first time, Los Angeles residents received an emergency text alert from the city Tuesday evening warning them that cases are increasing.

Dodger Stadium To Be Open 8 A.M. To 8 P.M. For Daily COVID-19 Testing
Daily coronavirus testing at Dodger Stadium has been expanded to 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday. During a COVID-19 status update, Garcetti said the capacity of LosAngeles testing sites will be increased to 32,400 tests per day and the city's other testing sites will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. "This is one of the most precarious and dangerous and fragile moments in our fight against COVID-19," Garcetti said. “Just yesterday, the most Americans to ever get COVID-19 got it." Rapid testing could be coming to Los Angeles soon, Garcetti said, and progress with studies continues at the University of Southern California. "In a few weeks we'll know some of the initial results working with USC," Garcetti said.

L.A. County Approves Program For Workers To Form Public Health Councils To Curb Coronavirus Spread
Los Angeles County supervisors have unanimously approved a program in which workers from certain sectors will form public health councils to help ensure that employers follow coronavirus safety guidelines — an effort to expand the county’s enforcement of health orders and address the pandemic’s toll on essential workers. The motion, which passed Tuesday morning, will pair councils in the food and apparel manufacturing, warehousing and storage, and restaurant sectors with third-party organizations that will educate workers on health orders and help them report violations. The board also directed the county to prepare an ordinance to protect workers from retaliation, responding to concerns that low-wage workers are often reluctant to express safety issues because they fear being fired. “Every worker has the right to feel safe in their workplace and to voice concerns without fear of losing their job,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who authored the motion with Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, said in a statement.

As Virus Cases Rise, More Of California Shuts Down
More areas of California must impose restrictions on businesses to try to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus that has hospitalizations rising as they did in June when the state imposed a statewide mask requirement, state officials said Tuesday. Three of California’s largest counties are among 11 statewide with sufficiently high numbers of infections to trigger state-mandated limits on business operations. Meantime, San Francisco, which has the lowest virus case rates among California’s major cities, voluntarily imposed new restrictions, including a ban on indoor dining. San Diego, Sacramento and Contra Costa counties all moved backwards in the state’s four-tiered system for reopening, which is based on virus case and infection rates. “We are certainly seeing, almost all across the state, an upward trajectory,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s secretary of health and human services. If trends don’t ease by next week, he said, “over half of California counties will have moved into a more restrictive tier.”

U.S. Sets Record For Coronavirus Hospitalizations With Over 60,000
The U.S. set a grim new record on Tuesday, with more than 60,000 Americans hospitalized with the coronavirus, according to the COVID Tracking Project. More than 100,000 new cases have been confirmed every day for the past week and one advisor to President-elect Joe Biden said that number could soon double. "No question that our hospitals are about to be overrun," said Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of Mr. Biden's new coronavirus advisory board. "Do not be at all surprised when we hit 200,000 cases a day." Hospitals in every corner of the country are being maxed out on capacity. Fifteen states have seen coronavirus hospitalizations double in the last month. In New Mexico, hospitalizations tripled in a month. Dr. Cameron Cantor, the chief medical officer at Oklahoma University Health issued a warning. "If our current rate of infection is not heard, we will run out of beds and staff."

Local Government News

City Council Plan Would Use LA Convention Center, Future Olympics Site, As Temporary Homeless Shelter
The downtown L.A. Convention Center, which is slated to be an official Olympic venue when the city hosts the 2028 Summer Games, may be used as a temporary homeless shelter under a City Council plan. Councilmen Curren Price, Kevin de Leon and Gilbert Cedillo introduced a motion Tuesday to assess if the coming months will bring more cold and stormy weather and, if so, how to shelter individuals inside. When the COVID-19 crisis began in April, the city transformed part of the Convention Center into a temporary medical facility to handle a projected overflow of recovering COVID-19 patients from local hospitals. With a 250-bed capacity and the ability to expand operations if necessary, council members said patients would receive care from medical professionals, as well as meals and wrap-around services to ensure they had a place to go prior to their release.

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